- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Company G, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division "Red Arrow", U.S. Army
- Awarded on:
- December 28th, 1942
"Fr extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces from 5 to 11 December 1942, in the vicinity of Buna, New Guinea. During an attack on enemy positions, Captain Bottcher led a unit which cut off communications between Japanese garrisons at Buna and Buna Mission's government station. Later, during a simultaneous attack by both enemy garrisons, Captain Bottcher calmly stood up and threw hand grenades at the advancing troops. Although wounded in this action, he stayed with his unit until relieved. His outstanding leadership and personal heroism repeatedly inspired his men and was primarily responsible for the success of their defense, and exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 32d Infantry Division, and the United States Army."
Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 64
Staff Sergeant Bottcher ontving een veldpromotie naar Captain en zijn eerste DSC.